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First Time Building Gaming PC/Budget $1000

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November 29, 2012 2:27:57 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Preferably building in next couple of weeks.

Budget Range: Not looking to spend over a $1,000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming/Surfing Internet/General Usage

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, and Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Probably purchasing many off of Best

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: I would like to use an Intel Processor (Core I5) if possible as many people say they are good for gaming.

Overclocking: Maybe (Need to educate myself on how to do this correctly)

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Using 23" monitor now at 1680x1050. May move up in size to something that can do 1920x1080.

Additional Comments: I mainly play World of Warcraft and have always played it on an Ultra setting. As of Catacalysm (last expansion), I can only play it on fair with very spikey framerates and during some activities my framerates drop to almost nothing. I would like to be able to play it at the quality level that I used to. I have always bought prebuilt PC units and have sworn to build the next one myself. I have enough knowledge (with the help of Toms Hardware community lol), to build a unit, but I'm not always up to speed with the newest technology/best deals that there is. Thanks for all the help.

Forgot to mention I was looking at this combo for usage and didn't know if it was a good start or something I should steer clear of. Thanks.

Intel® - Core™ i5-3570K Processor and GIGABYTE ATX Motherboard 2666MHz (Socket 1155)

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a b 4 Gaming
November 29, 2012 7:51:48 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($93.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.47 @ eCost)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($231.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($37.77 @ Mac Connection)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.28 @ CompUSA)
Total: $963.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-29 16:51 EST-0500)
November 29, 2012 9:45:57 PM

PCPartPicker part list:
Price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 3 – MAX IOPS Edition 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($214.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($60.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1010.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-29 18:43 EST-0500)
i was not sure if u needed an OS so i didint put it in and but in a nice 240gb ssd in will make those long WoW loading screens go away :D 
if u do sadly need an os then ull have to take it out to put the os in
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a b 4 Gaming
November 29, 2012 9:53:06 PM

I'd go with the first one of these 2.
November 30, 2012 2:09:54 PM

Best answer selected by jpradera.
November 30, 2012 2:10:18 PM

Everyone was very helpful. I have ordered the parts and will let you know how it goes. Thanks again.
a b 4 Gaming
November 30, 2012 7:18:07 PM

No problem!